MotoGP 2022. UK GP at Silverstone, Fabio Quartararo: "In the first days of vacation I was obsessed with the long lap penalty"
The Yamaha rider is convinced that the penalty he suffered at Assen is unfair, and his colleagues think so too: "In Mykonos the fans saw me more in the clubs, it's true, but now I'm ready to start over"
August 4, 2022
F.abio Quartararo, like the other riders, he lived this long break by resting. He chose a Greek island, Mykonos: "Certainly many Greek fans saw me in the clubs rather than outside the clubs, but I trained in the gym and also windsurfing because the wind is not lacking there. However, I enjoyed a week of complete rest."
The Yamaha rider had time to metabolize the error of Assen and the first zero of the season. In addition to the damage, however, the insult because the race direction has inflicted a long lap penalty for the incident with Aleix Espargaro. A penalty that has been defined unfair from all the riders present at the press conference, even if Bagnaia added a sentence that for him and Ducati is an opportunity to which you must take advantage of.
Right on the penalty ...
"I haven't changed my mind, I don't agree on the penalty I was given. Well, I don't know what to expect yet but it will be a different race, but I'm ready and motivated. However it's not the last race of the season so I don't have to go crazy or try to win at all costs. I admit that in the first part of the holidays I was obsessed with being able to do this LLP fast but now I think I prefer to lose 1-2 tenths and not risk falling "
S.ulla long pause ...
"Five weeks has been long and I am happy to be back we will face this as a normal weekend and I am ready, even if there are penalties to be served"
Do you like Silverstone as a track?
"In Moto2 and Moto3 I haven't been fast but in MotoGP I've been fast since 2019, it's a technical track, especially in the first sector, let's see how it will go, I've always been strong here"
On 2023 which starts in Portimao and not in Qatar ...
"It's not a problem, it will be the same, I like Portimao so it's okay"
Do you do this test with the Formula 1 Mercedes?
"We are working and talking but it's not yet planned, I'd like to try it. I had a great day with Lewis but we haven't talked about racing."
On Dovizioso's retirement ...
"I haven't talked to him but he stopped for a year or so and it's not easy and he is right to stop if he doesn't feel competitive. He has had a great career with 15 wins, he will have fun with cross."